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Flash Fiction





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  • Vibe:Send us your best but less intimidating
  • Response time:
    within 5 months*
    Editor reported data
  • Acceptance rate:



  • Accepts simultaneous submissions

    What's that?

    When you can submit your work to multiple magazines at the same time

  • Accepts previously published

    What's that?

    When the magazine wants to publish your previously published work. Requirements vary

  • Nominates for prizes

  • Active on social media

  • Available in print

  • Provides contributor copies

  • Has examples online

  • Offers expedited response

    What's that?

    Expedited submission: When the magazine offers a faster response time for an extra fee

Fiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: Literary

Fiction - 1000 words max

Max words: 1000

Max pieces: 3

Sub Genres: Literary

Up to 3 pieces of flash fiction (each fewer than 1,000 words)

Nonfiction - 4000 words max

Max words: 4000

Max pieces: 1

Sub Genres: , ,

Essay. Prose submissions may include several works, so long as the submission does not exceed the 4,000-word maximum.


Max pieces: 5

3-5 poems


Max words: 1500

Max pieces: 1


Max words: 4000

We especially encourage translations of poetry. We have native speakers of and artists who work with the following languages on our editorial board: Spanish, Italian, French, Hindi, Mandarin, Belarusian, and Russian. We are, thus, especially well-suited to evaluate translations from these languages, though we accept translations from any language.

How to submit

  • Processs


  • Cover letter

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Eligibility

    No specific eligibility requirements

  • Formatting

    Please submit writing in a Microsoft Word document

  • Author's rights

    This magazine does not list any details on their website for this section.

  • Additional info

    Please submit in only one genre at a time. Please wait to hear back from us about your submission status before submitting again.

Tracker statistics


Total submissions tracked

105 days

Average response time


Average acceptance rate

15 days

Fastest response time

68 days

Slowest response time

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The Submissions Grinder Statistics


12-month average acceptance rate

107 days

12-month average response time

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Previous contributors to The Columbia Review have included Nobel Prize winner André Gide, former United States Poet Laureate Daniel Hoffman, and eight Pulitzer Prize winners – John Ashbery, William Carlos Williams, John Berryman, Herman Wouk, Richard Howard, Louis Simpson, Steven Millhauser, and Mar...

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